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Helen Keller National Center for Deaf Blind Youths and Adults Employment Training Specialist-CSP Program in Sands Point, New York

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss.

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as a n Employment Training Specialist in our Community Services Program. The Employment Training Specialist is responsible for conducting vocational assessments, assisting with job development, and acting as a job coach once employment is obtained for deaf-blind consumers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Contacts and consults with potential employers regarding the development of substantial jobs for qualified deaf/blind workers in collaboration with the Placement Specialist and National Business Relations Specialist .

  • Supports consumers with developing a resume, cover letter, and skills needed to apply for jobs both online and in person.

  • Obtains employment interviews and assists consumers at the interview, if needed.

  • Provides vocational counseling and information to consumers as to work skills and appropriate work behaviors.

  • Conducts Work Readiness and Soft Skills training classes for small groups of consumers or one on one in conjunction with Placement Specialist and Case Manager.

  • Provide systematic instruction for the trainee to learn the job skills at the work site.

  • Makes job modifications when necessary to allow DeafBlind consumers to perform job successfully.

  • Provide training to consumers and employer partners in communication strategies on the job.

  • Assists consumers with self-advocacy regarding their responsibilities and opportunities at the work site including but not limited to identifying and requesting reasonable accommodations.

    Required: Extensive local travel throughout Long Island, New York City, and lower Westchester . Meeting all job duties and responsibilities may require use of personal vehicle.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Social Work, or related degree or Minimum one-year experience working with individuals who are DeafBlind, blind, Deaf or multiply disabled.

  • Proficiency in American Sign Language and other methods of communication utilized by individuals who are deaf-blind required.


    Full time union position with benefits including:

  • Medical Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Paid Time Off

  • Paid Holidays Off

  • Life Insurance

  • Short/Long Term Disability

  • 403b Program w/Employer Match

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

    If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact Human Resources.